Community Development Director

City of Minot, ND

Job Details

  • Job Function: Planning Director
  • Salary: $93,724 - $139,134. DOE
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 50,000
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  • Where: 515 2nd Ave SWnCity Hall, Minot, ND
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Feb 28 2018

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The Community Development Director is a responsible professional position which supervises and oversees the activities and operations of the Department including planning and zoning, building plan review and inspection, and code enforcement. The individual in this position will develop and implement departmental policies and procedures; respond to inquiries and requests relating to the City’s community development programs; review status of major projects; and provide technical and professional guidance and assistance to other City departments as needed. Work is performed under the general direction of the City Manager.

Provide administration and oversight in all aspects of the Community Development Department’s essential program and division responsibilities, including but not limited to current and long-range planning, comprehensive planning, zoning and land use policies and planning, building plan review, building inspections, code compliance, permit processing, affordable housing and community livability and resiliency.Develop, interpret and administer applicable codes and ordinances; ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations; draft code provisions or amendments to correct deficiencies or effect compliance with new laws or regulations; review annexation policy and procedures surrounding the extension of Two-Mile Extratoriterial Area for potential improvements; develop plans or programs to satisfy future needs for Department or City services.

Define development review processes and procedures to promote divisional areas of responsibility. Provide oversight of the Development Review Team (DRT). Determine and implement change improvements to processes as needed in an effort to become more efficient, transparent and customer service oriented.

Develop, monitor and manage annual budget to assure the department operates within budget appropriations; prepare annual and long range budget projections; evaluate and adminster comprehensive fee schedule for department activities.

Develop organization-wide and department-wide goals and objectives and organizational performance standards.

Supervise all departmental staff, either directly or indirectly through senior staff. Perform personnel duties such as selection, motivation, development, training, evaluation, discipline and discharge of employees; establishes employee performance standards; counsel employees as appropriate, and promote and implement manager and supervisor development activities.

Contribute to the overall quality of the department’s service by developing, reviewing, and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and City needs; continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor the distribution of work, support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct the implementation of change.

Advise various councils, boards, commissions and elected officials in department -related issues. Serve as City’s liaison with other City Departments as needed, the Development Community, Home Builders Association, Minot Area Development Corporation, and other stakeholders.

Serve as a member of the City's Senior Management Team to address overall policy issues under guidelines established by the City Council and the City Manager.

Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assist with resolutions and alternative recommendations.

Represent the department to various committees, commissions, community groups, City Council and the public. Respond to complaints, concerns and issues. Coordinate and support a wide variety of advisory commissions and groups. Represent department on City-wide task teams. Represent the City on regional and state-wide committees and in legislative matters.

Attends a number of meetings, including evening meetings as necessary.

Other duties as assigned.

Thorough knowledge of principles of community development, community revitilization and urban planning.

Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local government policies and procedures associated with community development.

Thorough knowledge of planning and zoning terminology, practices, and concepts.

Knowledge of building codes and construction terminology. General understanding of building construction practices.

Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.

Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of research and analysis.

Knowledge of the principles of budgeting and financing.

Knowledge of real estate terminology, laws, practices and regulations.

Knowledge of specialization such as housing, zoning, historic preservation and economic development.

Knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, Internet applications, database management or GIS.

Effective and persuasive leadership comfortable with all levels of staff, public and others.

Proven management skills and ability to manage day-to-day operations.

Strong written and oral communication skills to include presenting information to government entities and various committees.

Strong interpersonal and public relations skills. Knowledge of citizen involvement techniques and processes.

Strong organizational, problem-solving and negotiation skills.

Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines.

Possession of Bachelor's degree (a Master’s degree is desirable ) in Urban or Regional Planning, Building or Construction Management, Community or Economic Development, Public or Business Administration or a related field of study and a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible community development or planning experience; four years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity.

Possession of a valid North Dakota driver's license within one month of appointment.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit, stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.